Category: FNSW

FNSW PL1 2019 Season Wrap

The FNSW Premier League 1 season of 2019 was a less than successful one
for the Boomerangs FS club; enjoyable, but without the team and club success that was craved.

After a tremendous 2018/19 season that saw the club securing enough competition points to top the Club Championship table and gain promotion to the top league, it was clearly evident that all teams were not quite up to the level required to maintain a place in the top-level of FNSW competition.

Finishing at the wrong end of the Club Championship table will see the club again offered a position in the Premier League 2 competition for season 2020.

On a positive note, the club’s season presentation night was held on January 18 at Yowani Country Club and celebrated some of the terrific individual performances for the FNSW season. The following winners were announced.

DEVELOPMENT SQUADS
9 Boys / 10 Boys / 11 Boys / 11/12 Girls


COMPETITIVE SQUADS
12 BOYS

13 GIRLS

14 BOYS

15 GIRLS

16 BOYS

17 Girls


YOUTH MEN

OPEN WOMEN

OPEN MEN

Other Award Winners

Video highlights of matches throughout the season can be found at BoomersTV and photos at the Boomerangs Google Photos site.

Futsal Cup Final 2019

The final of the Football NSW Futsal Cup promises to be an exciting match between two very closely matched teams.

Mountain Majik
Barbera, Brackenrig, Dib, Fraser, Guerreiro, Holder, Muzzarelli, Nisbet, Polinsky, Purves, Sepping, Tran, Vlismas, Wetney

Boomerangs FS
Basser-Silk, Ciminelli, Darwich, Giovinazzo, Hook, James-Ward, Jurak, Manalo, Noack, Quarmby, Rathjen, Rinaudo, Sorenson, Van Aalst

Whilst both teams have not had the level of success they would have been hoping for in the Premier League 1 competition (although Majik could still scrape into a finals berth with one round to play), they have both managed to not lose a mid-week cup match.

Both clubs have had relative success in previous editions of the Cup – each making it to a semi-final, however, this match sees both teams in their maiden final.

Path to the Final
Both teams have had a favourable draw – missing out on early tough match-ups against the heavy hitters of the PL1 competition and having to face off against a single PL1 opponent each to get through to the final.

Majik
Round of 16: Majik 8 – 0 L.A. All Blacks (qualifier)
Quarter Final: Majik 7 – 3 South Coast Taipans
Semi-Final: Majik 4 – 2 UTS Northside

The big win for the Majik was their tough semi-final against UTS Northside – a top-four team from the PL1.

Boomerangs FS
Round of 16: Boomerangs 4 – 1 Phoenix Futsal
Quarter Final: Boomerangs 2 – 0 Enfield Allstars
Semi-Final: Boomerangs 3 – 2 Sydney City Eagles

The tough match for the Boomerangs in their qualifiers was the Golden Goal extra-time win against PL2 club, Sydney City Eagles, coming back from conceding two early goals.

Key Players
For the Majik, there is no player more important than Jordan Guerrero. Guerrero is the fulcrum of their offence, the leading goal scorer and the hardest working defender on the Majik roster. Goal scoring threats however, will be more widespread and will also come from Muzzarelli, Barbera, Vlismas and Dib.

The strength of the Boomerangs squad in 2019 is that it has no key player or stand out contributor. Goal scoring has been evenly spread across players and defensively there are no weak substitutes. Watch out for fast breaks from Rinaudo, inside goals from Rathjen, James-Ward and Ciminelli, a back post tap in from Quarmby, a power outside shot from Hook, an adrenaline-fuelled game-breaker from Basser (who lifts for important matches at VP), or a freakish bit of individual play from Darwich.

And, if the game is close at the end (as it is likely to be), the Boomerangs are well-drilled in both implementing and defending fifth-man power plays.

The Key
This season has seen the teams split results with both winning their home games – the most recent this past weekend going to the Boomerangs 3-1.

Over the years, whenever these teams have gone head-to-head, the results have been close and often unpredictable.

The two advantages the Boomerangs men have are that they do not rely on one player for goal scoring, passing/assists and defensive effort and they have a strong depth of open age players – the winning play can come from any of their fourteen.

Majik, on the other hand, do rely more on a key player, and while they have a core group (nine or ten) of senior players that are skilful and talented, they may tire as the match progresses. A deeper Boomerangs bench may well be telling as a fast match is anticipated.

Prediction: A close and enthralling match

UPDATE: Post Match Review
Well, there wasn’t much that went right for the Boomerangs men in this match. And that was mostly down to the energy and enthusiasm and stronger desire to win from the Majik team. Right from the first whistle, they were faster, cleaner and more intense and it paid off in spades.

They were also motivated by the loss to the Boomerangs men just a few days earlier which effectively knocked them out of finals contention in the Premier League.

They had a plan, and they delivered it in spades – they were certainly the better team on the night. The Boomerangs club congratulates them on their success.

A bonus for the long weekday trip to Sydney was watching the women’s final between Inner West Magic and Raiders Futsal (PL2). The match was played at a very high quality, and at a million miles an hour. Both goalkeepers performed brilliantly. In the end, it was a deflection off a defender which brought about the only goal to the match – to Magic. Check it out on the FNSW Facebook page if you haven’t yet seen it.

FNSW Futsal Cup Round of 16

The first match of the 2019 FNSW, Indoor 5s Futsal Cup for the Boomerangs was a match up for both the men’s and women’s teams against Phoenix Futsal (PL2).

The Boomerangs men’s and women’s teams have generally had close matches against Phoenix in regular competition over the years, however, in the 2018-19 PL2 season the Phoenix men defeated the Boomerangs both at home and away. For the women, it was a different story as the Boomers dominated both matchups in the 18-19 season scoring 17 goals across the two matches.

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FNSW PL2 18/19 Season Review

The FNSW Premier League 2 season of 2018-19 was a highly successful one
for the Boomerangs FS club; enjoyable, and with some fantastic futsal being played along the way in all age groups, from the youngest boys and girls through to open men and women.

The season brought a level of consistency across the competitive age groups not seen for several seasons, resulting in the club securing enough competition points to top the Club Championship table.

That outcome was also helped by the Club Championship structure changing this season to only include the seven age groupings from 14 boys and older.

DEVELOPMENT SQUADS
9 Boys / 10 Boys / 11 Boys / 11/12 Girls
The youngest of the Boomerangs teams once again showed growth and development in their skills – both individually and as teams, and they learnt more about what it takes to play in a high-level futsal competition.

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FNSW Futsal Cup Quarter Final

After defeating Raiders Futsal in the Round of 16, the 2018 FNSW Futsal Cup draw had the Boomerangs senior men’s side scheduled to take on Dural Warriors in the Quarter Finals on 14 November 2018.

Dural Warriors had defeated Eastern Suburbs Hakoah in the opening round to progress to the final eight and had been in some solid form so far this season, dropping only five competition points (one loss, one draw) in the FNSW PL1 competition across the first half of the season to sit on top of the league ladder.

Dural has traditionally been a strong PL1 men’s team and is usually littered with Australian representative players. They are also coached by the most recent Australian Futsalroos coach.

Over the years – both in PL1 and in the F-League – it would be fair to say that Dural has had the best of matchups against Boomerangs men’s team, however, on nearly all occasions the matches are close, tight and entertaining tussles, where high-quality futsal is played.

This match was no different, with the travelling Boomerangs (with players having driven three hours to Valentine Park after a day’s work or schooling) starting the match strongly and having the best of the first five or so minutes of the match. However, as Dural settled into their rhythm, they ‘owned’ the ball far more than the Boomerangs and were camped for much of the remainder of the first half in their offensive end.

The Boomerangs men defended extremely well, with their team hussle-defence working well with each player supporting others. A 0-0 half-time score representing the fine work they did in protecting their goals.

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FNSW Futsal Cup Round of 16

The 2018 FNSW Futsal Cup draw had both Boomerangs senior men’s and women’s teams scheduled to take on Raiders Futsal in the Round of 16 on 23 October 2018.

Raiders v Boomerangs FS Women
The women’s match kicked off proceedings at 7 pm with a close to full-strength women’s team heading up the Hume Highway late Tuesday afternoon. After their weekend league result (9-1 victory) over Sydney City Eagles fresh on their mind, the ladies were chock-full of confidence. The earlier clash between Boomerangs and Raiders in Round 1 of the PL2 competition saw the Boomerangs prevail 3-1.

The Raiders though thought nothing of the form guide and hit the court full of vigour and determination. The match was evenly-poised a minute from half-time at one goal apiece, however, two quick goals before the break swung the momentum back in Raiders favour.

The second half saw a Continue reading “FNSW Futsal Cup Round of 16”

FNSW PL2 17/18 Season Review

Season 17/18 for the Boomerangs FS club in the FNSW PL2 competition was a highly successful one, enjoyable and with some fantastic futsal being played along the way. And whilst falling a bit short of expectations (of gaining promotion to PL1), the playing and coaching group improved significantly and gained a whole lot of confidence, especially with results at the back end of the season and through the finals campaign for the competitive age groups. Watch out PL2 in 18/19!

DEVELOPMENT SQUADS
10 Boys / 11 Boys / 11/12 Girls
The youngest Boomerangs teams, the ‘Baby Boomers’ once again developed their skills, both individually and as teams, and learnt more about what it takes to play in a high-level futsal competition. The match experience gained in playing some strong Sydney teams, as well as the raft of local ACT-based games that they also competed in, helped to build these groups of kids as players and ultimately to prepare them for playing in the competitive age groups. Of course, many of them did play up in those age groups, both boys and girls — some as young as 10 years old —  and they played with distinction, never letting the team down and contributing by playing their role, listening to the coach and helping their teammates.

*Note that the MVP awards were voted by the players themselves and the coaches award based on criteria the coach thought most valuable.  Continue reading “FNSW PL2 17/18 Season Review”

FNSW PL2 17/18 Grand Finals

Week 3 of the FNSW PL2 17/18 finals series saw the remaining four of the nine competitive Boomerangs teams play in the Grand Final for the right to be named Champions of the 17/18 season.

It was a  terrific day at Valentine Park with Grand Finals for all age groups from 12 boys through to Open Men’s and including the AWD Grand Final.  The Boomerangs club was represented in four of the nine matches (excl AWD), equal best representation with Raiders futsal – and indeed were set to battle it out with Raiders in three of those four Grand Finals.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

15 Girls: Boomerangs 2 – 0 Raiders Futsal (ht 1 – 0)
After the loss to Raiders in the qualifying semi-final, the 15 girls were hurting. They were keen to go through the season undefeated, and the loss in the semi-final put a dint in that goal. They were as determined as any team to make amends and to win the match that really did matter – the Grand Final.

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FNSW PL2 R5 Wrap

Round five of the 17/18 FNSW Premier League 2 competition saw the Boomerangs club travel again up the highway to Sydney’s western suburbs, with a competitive round of matches against Raiders Futsal at Wetherill Park. Raiders have regularly been a top performing team in PL2 and are generally in the mix for promotion to PL1 at the end of every season.

To check out the photos of this round head to the Boomerangs photo site.

Development Squad Matches
Raiders could not offer games against development squads, so matches were organised against Mountain Majik at Blacktown. Majik have a comprehensive junior development program which sees them as one of the top clubs in NSW. Games were arranged for each of the development squads including an early match for 11 boys, a mid-morning match for the 11/12 girls and two afternoon matches for the 10 boys. The young ‘baby boomer’ squads continue to develop and it is matches such as these – against well coached and drilled Sydney teams – that will provide them with the tough competition to allow them to continue growing as players and as teams. We thank the Majik club (a PL1 club) for inviting us to play.

12 Boys: Boomerangs 2 – 4 Raiders (ht 1-1)
The 12 boys started their match against Continue reading “FNSW PL2 R5 Wrap”

FNSW Indoor 5s Futsal Cup

This season, Boomerangs FS have entered their open men’s and women’s teams into the inaugural Football NSW Futsal Cup competition, being run in conjunction with Indoor 5’s Futsal Inc.

The men have a first-up match on Wednesday, November 1 against UNSW FC Futsal at Valentine Park. The women drew a bye in the first round and will play their first match on November 21.

This is a mid-week competition, with all matches being played at Valentine Park, Glenwood (from 6.30pm onwards).

Boomerangs FS congratulates Football NSW and Indoor 5s Futsal for supporting this concept and look forward to competing against all comers. For further information on the Futsal Cup competition, head to https://footballnsw.com.au/competitions/futsal-cup/.